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If you think you're too cool to wear a helmet, you're wrong. Don't even consider heading to the hill without one - take the Smith Variance Helmet with you and ski or board in style and safety. The Variance has a hybrid shell construction, which makes it lightweight and low-profile, but durable, too. Tons of ventilation means your head will never be too hot or too cold, and Snapfit SL Ear Pads can be removed for days when things heat up a bit or you just want to reduce the weight of the helmet. The adjustable Smith x Boa® fit system offers on-the-go micro-adjustment that can be done with one hand and helps you to achieve that just-right fit. It's not cool to not wear a helmet. Keep safe with the Smith Variance Helmet.

Product Details

Construction

Hybrid Shell ConstructionSmith's Hybrid Shell construction combines separate lightweight and durable shells to create an entirely new helmet category. By fusing their tough bombshell ABS construction with flyweight In-Mold technology, the Hybrid Shell construction optimizes the favorable traits of each material in this revolutionary process. The result is a modern design that provides a lightweight, low profile, perfectly fitting helmet. Hybrid Shell construction also creates a clean, smooth top surface by enabling the low profile Regulator to function with reduced mass and volume.

Ventilation

AirEvac 2 VentilationAirEvac 2 continues to drive the warm air away from the goggle through external vents and internal channels in the EPS liner.

Low-Profile Dual Regulator Adjustable Climate ControlSmith's Dual Regulator ventilation system independently controls the front and rear sections of the helmet's venting, allowing you to modulate your body temperature even in extremely cold conditions. By exhausting heat through the rear vents while maintaining a sealed front end, your body can effectively cool down if needed and avoid the dreaded "ice cream headache".

18 Vents

Adjustability

Adjustable Smith x Boa® Fit SystemThe Smith x BOA® fit system is a custom developed, Smith exclusive piece. Building on the proven fit of our ergonimic head form, it offers an intuitive dial system for on-the-fly, single-handed micro-adjustment. This three-quarter haloed desing offers key features of self-centering and vertical adjustability, allowing the user to achieve a perfectly customized fit.

Snapfit SL Ear PadsSmith earpads, with their inner surface of technical materials, provide a comfortable seal from the wind and weather on even the stormiest days. For a warm spring day, remove the earpads entirely to reduce weight and maximize cooling. All earpads are fully removable and machine washable.

Additional Features

Nanosilver Performance LiningSmith high-end helmets feature X-Static and Nanosilver technical lining materials. With siver-based anti-microbial features, these linings keep your helmet clean and comfortalbe. All linings are removable and machine washable.

Removable Ultra-Light Goggle Lock

Weight530 grams / 18.5 oz

Safety Standards

ASTM F 2040

CE EN 1077:2007 Class B

Specs

  • Helmet Style: Half Shell
  • Helmet Venting: Adjustable Venting
  • Audio: Not Included
  • Removable Ear Pads: Yes
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Reviews

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Smith Variance Helmet
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Tough (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
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(36 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This helmet saved my life

By 

from Breck

Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

I was admittedly going too fast for the run I was on (Ski Tracks registered 44 mph) and a lady cut in front of me with virtually no time to react. I was able to grab her waist and sort of push her to the side (thankfully avoiding any injury to her - she didn't even fall!) but in doing so I was spun 180 and hit the ground at full speed with the back of my head. Once I came to a stop I did a quick check of my extremities and everything was OK. Afterwards, I was checked for a concussion and results were negative. Short of hitting a tree or a pole, I can't image sustaining a harder hit to the head. The helmet worked perfectly, and didn't even crack. I fully believe that without it I would at best still be in the hospital, and at worse, never able to write this review. I highly recommend this helmet to anyone!

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding!!

By 

from Woods Cross, UT, USA

Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

This helmet fits so nice I forget I even have it on. I suffered a brain injury in the Iraq war so I don't mess around with helmets that don't offer great protection. I just love how light it is but offers great protection. Outstanding helmet thank you for providing such great products.

(3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice helmet could use some improvements

By 

from Vail, CO, USA

Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

The helmet is very stylish, functional, and very light. My opinion is that; I think the ear flaps need to cover the ears better, on my head the front of my ears feel a little exposed and a little more ear flap towards the front of the head would work for me. This also causes my Bluetooth headphones to sit a little further back than I would like them to. I am also not a big fan of the chin strap because when connecting and disconnecting the strap it likes to slide towards the buckle. This could also be easily fixed by making the slit through the pad a little bit narrower so it would not slide towards the buckle. This is somewhat inconvenient because every time you go to buckle it up you have to slide it out of the way. I also have to say that I am not a big fan of the zipper for my speakers. It does seem cheesy and is difficult to zipper. Again maybe only a problem if you need to take your speakers out regularly to charge them. Just two other things, the hook and loop connections for the liner pulled away from the helmet when I first adjusted it out of the box. I did have to super glue one of them back on before I ever used it. The liner also has a crease in the very back that I can't get out no matter how many times that I try to make it go away. These are all issues that I never had with my other helmets made by another manufacturer. If you actually read all of this I am surprised, but I have to say that I still actually love this helmet and do not let this review deter you from buying this thing. It is super worthy and it interfaces perfectly with the iox.

 
5.0

Smith Variance Ski Helmet

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from Carmel, IN

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Tough

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Skiing Or Snowboarding

Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

I owned the Smith Maze and it is a fine helmet, but very limited in adjustments while the Variance has a very neat button adjustment to tighten or loosen the head fit. Another area where the Variance is superior is that they have a cushion all around the head for a comfortable fit while the Maze has a plastic inner frame that when exposed can "cut" into your neck, which it did to me and it was very uncomfortable. Lastly, The styling of the Variance is better, IMO, since it has a small bill at the front which not only looks good, but helps to keep the Goggles in place when not in use.

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5.0

GREAT HELMET!!

By 

from Austin, Texas

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Stylish
  • Tough

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Resort Skiing

    Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

    I bought this helmet for my husband. We loved this helmet so much that we bought another one for myself. So comfortable. I use it with a skull cap liner (turtle fur) and it keeps my head so warm. Also, I found that the Smith helmets have more room in the top of the head area - it doesn't squeeze my big bulbous head!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Best fitting helmets

    By 

    from Parker, CO

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish
    • Tough

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

        Vent adjuster was stiff out of the box. Had to "wear" it in to be able to use it with gloves.
        This was unit specific as other helmets I tried on in store did not have this problem.

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        5.0

        Excellent Helmet

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Expert

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish
        • Tough

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Icy Conditions
          • Powder
          • Skiing
          • Slushy Conditions
          • Snowboarding
          • White Out Conditions

          Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

          Fits great, matte finish is pretty sleek. Nice and warm, vents work great on the warmer days or when skinning up. Being able to zip in some earphones is also super nice.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great helm, very low profile

          By 

          from Jackson Hole

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Almost To Warm
          • Lightweight
          • Low profile
          • Stylish
          • Very Warm
          • Warm

          Cons

          • To Warm

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

            Great helm, almost to warm though. Looks great with the Oakley Canopy goggles.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Favorite helmet I've had

            By 

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Icy Conditions
              • Powder
              • Slushy Conditions
              • White Out Conditions

              Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

              Great helmet - lightweight and fits well. Looks great on, too! Venting system is perfect for warmer conditions. One issue I found is that with the matte black, greasy fingerprints can leave a visible mark. Other than that, this is my favorite helmet that I've ever used - would recommend it!

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Quality, Comfort and Style

              By 

              from Bayern, Germany

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All conditions

                Comments about Smith Variance Helmet:

                It does not get any better than the Smith Variance helmet. A comfortable liner with BOA tensioners that allow you to get that perfect fit is where it all starts. The sleek styling keeps you from looking like a mushroom on the slopes and the venting allows your noggin to stay warm or cool depending on the weather. The helmet accommodates a wide array of goggles and make for an epic combination with my Spy Dooms. If you are looking to protect your dome without sacrificing comfort or style you couldn't choose a better helmet.

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